Sunday, 24 January, 1830

Have rode several miles today. It is cold and disagreeable. The changes in life are many and various and frequently arise from unexpected sources. When we imagine all things are moving on smoothly, all at once we see the gathering storm, and are made to feel its consequences. But the way they get along is to act with propriety and caution, so that all reports may be false and recoil on the propagators.